For most kids, it begins around fifth or sixth grade, though some precocious children will start having crushes as soon as second grade. A new gender awareness begins to emerge at this age.
Do 12 year olds have crushes?
Its perfectly normal for boys and girls to start liking each other during the preteen years. Its very new, so it might feel awkward or strange. Its also fine if kids feel too young to get involved in this lovey-dovey stuff.
How do you deal with a crush in middle school?
Most of all, focus on keeping the conversation going. Let your child know that you are available to talk about anything. Remind that you are there for them to talk about all the new feelings and experiences that come with growing up, from handling new relationships to changing bodies to saying no to alcohol.